Children’s Ministry

St. Mark’s Children’s Ministry nurtures our young ones with a growing Sunday School for all ages, Vacation Bible School, hands-on activities in the Learning Center in the lower level, offers a children’s library, and special events during the year such as the Jerusalem Festival, Bunny Breakfast, Fall Festival and more.
Latisha Gilliland (636-394-2233) is our staff contact for Children’s Christian Education ministry.

Support St. Mark’s Children’s Ministry when you shop on Amazon
There is a new way to support Children’s Ministry. Do you shop on Amazon? Well if you do, try Amazon Smile. It is simply to use. When you shop on Amazon use this web address https://smile.amazon.com and select St. Mark Presbyterian as your charity. Then shop to your hearts content. It is that simple. We automatically get 0.5% back on all qualifying purchases. We will be using the money that we earn toward a family scholarship fund for Mound Ridge.

Brunch with Santa – December 14
At Brunch with Santa, there will be two opportunities for you to support the work of PCHAS (Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services).

    That day we will be accepting donations of scarves, stocking caps, gloves and mittens of all sizes. Just look for the barrel by the Narthex children’s table labelled PCHAS!

    Another interactive way to have fun in giving to this mission is to share your home (gingerbread house that is). Your family or group is encouraged to bring a completed gingerbread house to be displayed at the Brunch(bring your house on Friday, Dec. 13 between 2-6 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 14 by 8:30 a.m.) Be sure to label your “house” with your name, the name of your family name of your group and if you would like to donate your house in a silent auction. The proceeds of the auction will go to further benefit the above named mission project for this event. The Auction will close Dec. 14th at 11:30 AM If you just wish to display vs. donate your gingerbread house, that’s okay! We are just as glad that you shared in this fun day with us!

Contact Latisha Gilliland if you have questions.

Nursery Care
Childcare for infants through two year old is available from 9:00am – 11:30am Sunday mornings during worship and Sunday School.

Enrichment Hour (Enrichment Hour does not meet in the summer)
Sundays at 9:00am, enrichment is available for preschool through 7th grade. Children spend time exploring the Bible through opportunities in the computer lab and the Children’s library.

Sunday School
Christian education for preschool through 5th grade is available at 10:30am. Children attend worship through the “Time with Children”, and then are led to their classes by parents and teachers.

Saints
Children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 begin the youth fellowship experience in this group that meets for activities once a month. Activities include both a mission and fun focus. Parental involvement is encouraged, and parents are needed to chaperone at all events. The Saints also go to Mound Ridge Retreat and Mission Center for a weekend full of mission work and relaxation.

Saints & Siblings Events plus Fun St. Mark Family Events
Sunday, Dec.8 – Saints & Siblings Fellowship – Lunch in the gym immediately following 10:30 AM worship. We will be wrapping the gifts from the Ange Tree project. Everyone is welcome to join us and participate in the reason for the season.
Saturday, Dec.14 – Brunch with Santa – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Gleason Hall

For additional information please contact: Shelley Lester (Elder) or Latisha Gilliland (St. Mark Staff)
Please mark your calendars and join us for these events – The St. Mark Permission Form is available on this page

A current Permission Form must be on file in order for children to participate in St. Mark Presbyterian Church activities.
Download the 2019-2020 Permission Form Here or you can come to the church office and complete a Permission Form.

WHIRL INTO FALL WITH WEDNESDAY NIGHT KIDS’ CLUB
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall
Pre-K Choir & Whirl Kids’ Club runs September thru May
All children 3 yrs. – 5th grade are welcome to join us as we enjoy fellowship with music, games, mission projects and bible study using Sparkhouse curriculum, entitled “WHIRL”. Please encourage your child to join us and bring a friend.

Vacation Bible School 2019

We had a super week at St. Mark as we traveled “To Mars and Beyond”. It was awesome to encounter the galaxies of God’s love with all of our little explorers.
Information for Vacation Bible School 2020 will be posted as it becomes available.

Youth Ministries

Youth Committee Mission Statement
“To empower our youth through worship, fellowship, study and service to become committed to their faith in Jesus Christ and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.”

Youth Programs
Youth at St. Mark, from Middle School through High School, are engaged in not only fellowship but also classes, mission trips, service projects and other opportunities to grow their faith.
In addition, Youth are invited to serve as Liturgists at Worship — call Pastor Dave if you wish to serve as a Liturgist at worship.

Confirmation Class
Get Ready! Confirmation class is held on Sundays at 9:30am – 10:15am downstairs in rooms 17-19. Students in Middle School and High School students who have not been confirmed are welcome to join this eight-month course.
Contact Pastor Dave or the church office (636-394-2233) for more information.
Confirmation students attend classes, participate in mission activities, lock-ins, and learn about the Bible, the Christian faith, the mission of the church and what it means to be Presbyterian. Upon completion of the course, the students are confirmed during worship service and received as new members of St. Mark.

Youth Bible Study for Grades 6-12 is every Wednesday evening from 6:30—8:00 PM. Students participating in Bible Study will have the opportunity to relate with God’s story through the storying process, discover meaning, and develop fresh insights of the biblical narrative. Youth are welcome to bring friends for fellowship, snacks, and bible study.

Youth Group will meet every third weekend of the month. Activities will include mission opportunities as well as opportunities for fun and fellowship. Check the Youth Calendar of Events for upcoming activities.
Youth Hangout is starting up again! Join us on the last Sunday of each month from 4-6pm in the Youth Lounge.
For further information on Youth Activities, contact Pastor Dave.
Youth need to have a Permission Form on file before attending Youth events.
Download the Youth Permission Form Here

Youth Calendar of Events
Wed, November 6 – Youth Bible Study – 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the Youth Lounge
Wed, November 13 – Youth Bible Study – 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the Youth Lounge
Wed, November 20 – Youth – meeting at 6:00 pm to shop for our Angel Tree Family
Sun, November 24 – Youth Hangout – 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Youth Lounge
Wed, December 6 – Youth Bible Study – 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the Youth Lounge
Wed, December 11 – Youth Bible Study – 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the Youth Lounge
Wed, December 18 – Youth Bible Study – 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the Youth Lounge

Save These Dates
Sat, Dec. 14 – youth are invited to help with “Brunch with Santa” – 9:00-11:30 AM

Youth Led Worship
Once a year, for an entire weekend, the youth (both middle school and senior high) plan and lead worship. Youth Led Worship is a wonderful opportunity for the congregation to experience worship leadership from a unique perspective.

At St. Mark, we believe that all are beloved children of God. We want the youth to experience the Trinitarian God, the God who is with us in community. St Mark’s youth ministry seeks to give youth this experience through:

Engaging Study: creative, thoughtful and faith-formative Bible studies and small groups

Genuine Community: all youth are welcome at St Mark. We offer weekly Bible study, youth group and other activities for youth. As a faith community, St. Mark is very encouraging and supportive of youth.

Meaningful Mission & Service: our youth and families participate in monthly mission activities every first weekend, where we truly seek to empower our community with the love of God. Annually, we have a week-long mission trip in the summer, which the youth and parents highly anticipate. Mission matters to St.Mark.

Committed Mentoring: beginning in confirmation, our youth are connected with an adult member at St Mark who serves “to walk alongside” them in the journey of faith. This committed support and presence of the mentors is essential to the faith development of our youth people. We are incredibly grateful for such encouraging and faithful mentors here at St.Mark.

Empowering Discipleship: through all the study, small groups, lock-ins, retreats, trips, mission work, we seek to connect our youth with the body of Christ so that they may know the Grace of God and share God’s love with the world. St. Mark works to give our youth and families practical methods of loving God and neighbor in their everyday life.”

ST. MARK OFFERS GOD AND COUNTRY CLASSES

God and Country classes for children and youth in grades 2 through middle school are offered at St. Mark. Watch the bulletins for dates.
These classes satisfy the Religious Award requirements for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and most other youth organizations.
For information, call Diana Johanning or the church office (636-394-2233)

Boy Scouts: Cub Scout Pack 631 and Scout Troop 631

Contact information for Scouting activities is available from the church office.

Cub Pack 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Pack meetings are held once a month and den meetings twice a month during the school year. The pack is made up of Cub Scouts in grades one through five. Activities this past year included the Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, Rain Gutter Regatta and Scouting for Food.

Scout Troop 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Considered one of the top Boy Scout troops in the Greater St. Louis Area Council and has produced well over 200 Eagles since formed in 1966; this is one of the highest percentages of Eagle scouts from the number of boys that join. Activities this past year included: the traditional cabin camp-out at Babler State Park to work on merit badges, the President’s Day outing bus trip, Crossover at Camp Beaumont, rock climbing and rappelling at S-F Scout Ranch, and Summer Camp at S-F Scout Ranch.

Links of Interest
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Greater St. Louis Area Council
National BSA Council